Wardman Tower was not simply modernized on the interior, as The Current reports [“Wardman Tower debuts large-scale restoration,” Nov. 29]. The magnificent floor plans and details have been obliterated.
The 1928 building was designed by Mihran Mesrobian — Harry Wardman’s best architect and one of the most accomplished Washington architects of the 1920s through the 1950s. Among hundreds of buildings that he designed for Wardman are the Hay-Adams and the Carlton (now St. Regis) hotels.
It is ironic that pre-World War II apartments in New York City command premier prices while Deborah Berke, a New York architect, mutilated one of our city’s best pre-World War II apartment buildings.
Sally L. Berk, Washington, D.C.